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Complete care improves patient outcomes
Date:10/23/2013

Complete Care, a collaborative approach to meeting patient needs, is improving outcomes for Kaiser Permanente patients. Results from the program are featured in the November 2013 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and described in a journal editorial as, "a dramatic and impressive example of what is possible with a carefully designed and implemented system-level intervention."

"Complete Care leverages Kaiser Permanente's technology, our integrated system, and our dedicated care teams to ensure that patients with complex chronic conditions receive the proactive support, coordinated care, and follow up they need to maintain optimal health," said Michael Kanter, MD, regional medical director of quality and clinical analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and lead author for the article.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the quality of care across all of its regions, and in 2005 the organization launched the Complete Care model in Southern California with the goal of transforming care for healthy members as well as members with chronic conditions and multiple health issues.

The design of Complete Care is based on the Chronic Care Model, which originated from a combination of scientific literature undertaken by The MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation in the 1990's. Complete Care is also rooted in an analysis of best practices in coordinated care for patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension and extends this model to prevention and wellness. Complete Care has helped Kaiser Permanente create rare disease programs for patients with Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), and is flexible enough to allow for management of most conditions seen in an outpatient setting. It works in conjunction with care management programs, which promote exercise, obesity manag
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Contact: Joshua Weisz
jweisz@golinharris.com
202-585-2614
Kaiser Permanente
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